5 Reasons to Travel in the New Year

5 Reasons to Travel in the New Year

Find out why traveling should be at the top of your resolutions list.

By: Amy S.

As I sit down to write this blog, I can’t help but think… does anyone ever really need a reason to travel?

For me, the answer is a resounding no. I don’t know who I would be if I did not dream about, elaborately plan and take trips at least 3 or 4 times per year. To me, it’s as natural as breathing, but for many Americans, travel is challenging – even intimidating – in our 24/7 work-obsessed culture.

Even though the number of paid vacation days granted to American employees is lower than many other countries, in 2015, half of American workers left vacation time on the table – forfeiting a total of 222 million days, according to a study by the U.S. Travel Association.

But not only is taking time away from the workplace good for your health and productivity, it is good for your soul and your family life.

Here are five reasons to book your vacation today:

  1. Self-care. Carving out time to care for you is ironically (and happily) a new trend in our culture. What better way to take care of yourself than to change your surroundings and stay in a hotel – where it’s someone else’s job to tidy your room, do your laundry and generally make you feel relaxed and comfortable.
  1. Adventure. You don’t need to go on safari or white water rafting to experience the adventure of travel. (But I do highly recommend both!) Even a road trip to another state can be an adventure full of new sights and smells. Getting out of your routine – even for a few days – can be magical.
  1. Memories. I can still hear the beautiful voices of Zimbabwean school children singing in my head. Or how my eyes teared up at the sight of the fog rising above Machu Picchu at sunrise. My family will surely never forget the time we were upgraded to an overwater bungalow at Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort or how we would race around the island in our tiny rental car looking for the Frenchman selling rotisserie chickens from a van.
  1. Digital Detox. Taking a trip – especially overseas – is a great excuse to turn off your cell phone and disconnect from work, social media and other electronic distractions. Slow down, read a book, write a postcard, play a board game with your kids, look around you. Just be.
  1. Flexibility. Even the best-planned trips will have some unexpected detours. Learning how to adjust and go with the flow is a skill that many of us need to practice. Traveling with kids may make even the most Type A personality realize that sometimes you just need to let go. Stay calm, problem solve and don’t sweat the small stuff.

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A self-proclaimed Jersey Girl (with a soft spot for Jon Bon Jovi), Amy currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and 11-year old daughter and writes for Hilton Mom Voyage. She picked up the travel bug early spending summers with her grandparents in Spain. A public policy and communications consultant by trade, Amy is the owner/operator of Mindstorm Consulting.

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